The Weber Q2400 Electric Grill Review

weber q2400 electric grill

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I’m reviewing the Weber Q2400 and giving you the scoop on its performance, versatility, and build quality and letting you know whether this grill is a good buy. 

The Weber Q series of electric grills launched back in 2009 and while many other electric grills have hit the market since then, the Weber Q2400 is still a popular choice for people looking for a portable, electric grill. 

I did some hands-on testing to see if the Q series design stands the test of time and how it compares to some of the newer electric grills on the market today. 

Weber Q2400 Electric Grill
  • Porcelain-enameled grates
  • Easy to clean
  • 1-hour cooking limit
  • No temperature gauge
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Weber sent me this grill for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Weber Q2400 overview and first impressions

The Weber Q2400 is just about as portable as a grill gets. Its lightweight design is easy to take with you on the go while still providing the quality features that Weber is known for.

Let’s look at Weber Q2400 specifications:

Dimensions:14.5”H x 31.5”W x 19.5”D
Fuel Type:Electric
Total Cooking Area:280 sq. in.
Cooking Grates:Porcelain-enameled cast iron
Power:1,560 watts / 120v
Power Cord Length:6 ft

The power supply on the Weber Q2400 is quite large and easy to use. It has a range of heat settings so you can control the heat of the grill based on what you are cooking:

A – Off
B – Low
C – Medium
D – High

weber q2400 tempreture control knob

I was disappointed to find that the Weber Q2400 does not come with an integrated temperature gauge. While the low-medium-high options do the job, I would really like to be able to see the actual temperature inside of the grill while I’m cooking. Maybe that’s just a personal preference thing, but it was something I felt was lacking.

I did appreciate that Weber includes a removable grease drip pan with the grill. The catch pan slides into the bottom of the grill and the disposable drip pan fits right inside. The fact that the drip pan is disposable is nice because you don’t have to hassle quite as much with cleaning it, but I do think that you can get at least 20 uses out of it before you need to replace it.

weber q2400 drip pan

The build quality was great – especially for the price point. The exterior of the grill is made from a nice, thick metal that helps to hold heat very evenly from what I can tell.

The oval-shaped design of the grill is also nice because you can fit larger items in the grill without worrying about the lid touching your food.

weber q2400
weber q2400 open

Unboxing and assembly of the Weber Q2400

The Weber Q2400 does require some assembly upon unboxing the unit, but it’s a simple and straightforward process that only takes about 15 minutes.

To attach the lid to the grill body, you simply slide 2 cotter pins into the provided bolts. The lid and the grill body line up perfectly and it was easy to attach the lid.

The next step is to install the handle on the front of the lid. There are 2 small porcelain spacers that attach to the end of the handle, then you simply install the handle with the bolts provided. You will need a Philips head screwdriver for this portion of the assembly.

The final steps are to install the drip pan into the bottom of the grill and place the porcelain-enameled grill grates down into their spaces above the heating element.

To install the power cord, you simply slide the device into the side of the grill and you’re ready to start grilling!

weber q2400 power cord

Now, this grill can be used as a portable, tabletop grill but Weber also offers a grill stand for their Q-Series grill models. I decided to get my hands on the stand as well so I could give you the scoop on whether it’s worth adding to your cart.

Testing the Weber Q2400

Upon firing up the grill for the first time, I was surprised at how long it took to preheat. The process took about 20 minutes (which is what the owner’s manual recommends). The grill is relatively small, so I was not expecting it to take so long to heat up.

Another thing I noticed is that Weber states that you should not operate the grill for longer than 60 minutes at a time. They do not specify whether this includes the 20 minutes you need for the grill to heat up or not, but if we assume that it does then you only have about 40 minutes of cooking time to work with.

While that is plenty of time for things like burgers, steaks, and grilled chicken, you would be hard-pressed to cook anything much larger than that without going over the recommended 60-minute operating timeframe.

Anytime I get a new grill, especially an electric grill, I like to perform a bread test. A bread test is simply placing plain, white bread on the grates of the grill for a couple of minutes and then flipping them over to see how evenly the grill cooks and whether there are any hot spots.

white bread laid out on the grill, uncooked
cooked bread laid out on the grill

I found that the edges of the grill grates do not produce as much heat as the center of the grill, so there was a bit of uneven cooking during my bread test.

Overall the grill maintained a pretty steady heat, but I do wish that the heat was even all the way to the edges of the grill. When you only have 280 square inches of cooking space to work with, I think that every inch counts.

Cooking on the Weber Q2400

To test the performance of the Q2400, I chose to cook a couple of burgers, some bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers, and a couple of ears of corn. I felt like a variety of items would give me a good idea of what the grill can and cannot do.

corn, burger patties and jalapeno poppers on a grill

The burgers were by far the easiest thing to cook on the grill. I got some decent (but not great) sear marks on the burgers and they only took about 15-20 minutes to cook through.

burger with sear marks

The jalapeño poppers didn’t cook as well as I would have hoped. The top of the bacon didn’t get crispy, so I had to flip them over to grill the bacon directly on the grates on both sides. I was hoping that the grill would hold enough ambient heat to cook the tops of the poppers, but I struggled a bit with getting them to cook the way I like them.

corn, burgers, jalapeno poppers cooked on the grill

The corn seared nicely and I have no qualms with the grill’s ability to cook vegetables.

One thing that I really liked about cooking on the Q2400 was the porcelain-enameled cast iron grates. They were virtually nonstock and I had ZERO issues with my food sticking to the grates. In my opinion, they are a super high-quality feature that Weber really knocked out of the park.

weber q2400 grates

Also, I like that you can choose from a variety of cooking temperatures ranging from Low to High heat, but I was really missing having a temperature gauge built into the grill. As I mentioned above, that may just be a personal preference thing, but I like to know the actual temperature of my grill when I’m cooking.

Cleaning the Weber Q2400

Mostly because of the size of the grill and the nonstick cooking grates, the clean-up on the Weber Q2400 is a breeze. You can remove the grates from the grill and clean them in your kitchen sink with warm, soapy water.

The bowl liner in the bottom of the grill is also removable, which is a huge plus from a cleaning perspective. You can just take the liner out, clean it, and replace it when you’re done.

weber q2400 elements

The grill grates were super easy to clean because of the fact that they are made from porcelain-enameled cast iron. I simply rubbed them down with a grill brush and didn’t feel the need to take them inside to give them a full cleaning because they were easy to clean.

food stuck on grill
cleaning grates with a wire brush

The grease catch pan is easy to remove and slides right out from under the grill. The drip pan is disposable, but you can definitely get quite a few uses out of it before you need to replace it depending on what you are cooking on your grill.

The Weber Q Stand

The Q Stand is a great accessory for the Q-series models of grills as it really turns the grill from a tabletop unit to a full, freestanding grill.

The assembly of the Q Stand is fairly easy and only took about 15 minutes to complete. You will need a Philips head screwdriver to complete the assembly, but the rest of the components come included in the box.

The wheels are large and sturdy. To install them to the cart, you simply attach them to a metal rod that feeds through the base of the stand and secure them with 2 cotter pins.

weber q2400 wheel

The Q Stand can be used for both their electric grill models and also their propane grill models, so the stand also comes with a propane adaptor and plenty of room at the bottom to store a propane tank.

The bottom of the stand has a wire grate that you can use to either hold a propane tank (if you are using a propane grill model) or use to store tools/accessories under your grill.

I do wish that the bottom was a solid piece instead of the wire-rack material, as it would be easy for smaller items to fall through the grate. I’m a sucker for storage under a grill though, so I was happy to have something to work with.

Assembling the legs only takes a few minutes and they provide 6 bolts that you use to attach to the cart.

One thing that I really didn’t like about the Q Stand was the front “cover” (though I don’t know if it can even be called that). It’s an extremely flimsy piece of thin plastic that slides into the front of the stand.

weber q2400 front cover

It doesn’t quite fit properly and I struggle to figure out exactly how Weber intended for it to be used. It looks nice and provides a cover for whatever your store below your grill, but I don’t see the cover lasting very long through normal wear and tear.

Overall, I would say the Q Stand is a great buy if you are wanting to use the Q2400 as a freestanding grill, as opposed to a tabletop grill. It’s sturdy enough to hold the grill, plus it has hooks on the front that you can use to hand your grill tools.

The wheels are nice and big and the stand makes it extremely easy to move the grill around from place to place with just one hand.

Final thoughts: should you buy a Weber Q2400 Electric Grill?

Overall, the Weber Q2400 is what it is – a portable, electric grill. It doesn’t have any fancy bells and whistles, but it definitely has the quality that Weber is known for.

The variety of foods that you can cook in the space provided is limited – especially with the recommendation not to use the grill for longer than 60 minutes at a time.

Being electric, making it a great option for people that live in condos or apartments that may not allow charcoal or propane grills. Personally, I would stick with the much newer Lumin grill that doesn’t have the 60-minute limit.

The Q Stand is a great accessory to turn the grill from a portable, tabletop grill into a more freestanding style grill without having to break the bank.

I’d say that, especially considering the price point, the Weber Q2400 is a solid buy for simple, outdoor grilling.

For more options, check out our guide to the best indoor and outdoor electric grills.

Overall Rating

  • Build quality: 4
  • Ease of use: 5
  • Performance: 3
  • Features: 2
  • Value: 4

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